Mickey's got high hopes as Warrington prepare for crunch Hull clash

By Neil Barraclough

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Mickey Higham insists Warrington will not suffer play-off nerves when they host Hull in Saturday night’s do-or-die Super League clash.

Wolves have yet to reach an Old Trafford Grand Final and defeat against the Black and Whites would end another season on a low note.

But hooker Higham said: ‘It is knockout rugby and that’s something we’re pretty good at.’  He points to Warrington’s three Challenge Cup wins over the last four years as proof of his side’s ability.

Centre of attention: Warrington will host Hull on Saturday night

Centre of attention: Warrington will host Hull on Saturday night

‘We’re proud of what we’ve done in the Challenge Cup, but great teams back up with the Super League,’ he added.

‘Not a lot of teams have done that. Leeds have found ways to get to Old Trafford and win it, and St Helens have become play-off specialists, but we’re confident that we’re as good as, if not better than, those two teams. We’ve underachieved in the play-offs. We were the best team last year and fell at the final hurdle, and that wasn’t good enough. There are no second chances now.

‘You’ve 80 minutes to perform, or you’re packing your bags. 

‘We’re confident we’ve got another few weeks left in us.’

Wolves coach Tony Smith will be without England second-rower Ben Westwood, but Ben Harrison returns.

They start favourites, but Hull boss Peter Gentle is confident of providing a shock. Gentle said: ‘The bookies will have us as outsiders, but we genuinely believe we can do it. There’s  an opportunity to do something  special.’

 

 

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